Shelbyville Daily Union

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June 13, 2014

Effingham man guilty in death of former Shelbyville woman

An Effingham County jury found Jay C. Miller, 23, of Altamont, guilty Tuesday of Drug Induced Homicide in connection with the February 2014 heroin overdose death of Jessica M. James, 29, of Effingham, formerly of Shelbyville.

Miller was also found guilty of the lesser offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

Following the State’s receipt of toxicology reports in April, Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler charged that Miller “knowingly delivered a substance containing heroin [to Jessica M. James, and that James subsequently] injected a portion of that heroin into her body, and that said injection of heroin caused the death... of James.”

Sentencing for Miller is scheduled for July 31 before the Honorable Kimberly G. Koester, who presided over the two-day trial. Drug Induced Homicide is a special Class X felony offense punishable by not less than 15 but not more than 30-years in prison.

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